Career preparation and full academic experience

Immerse yourself in our research-focused science programs to prepare for a rewarding lifelong career in the health care industry.

Many academic majors will prepare you for admission to professional schools if you also complete the preferred pre-requisite courses. While Biomedical Sciences and Health Care Studies puts health care career preparation at the forefront, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Neuroscience are also great options.

There are many paths to medical school or other health professions. Here are some of the options to get you there.

Biomedical Sciences

Our Biomedical Sciences major is intended if you want to work in health care as a:

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist

Health Care Studies

Our Health Care Studies minor will help you prepare for a professional career as a:

  • Chiropractor
  • Physician assistant (PA)
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health official
  • Nurse
  • Athletic trainer
  • Audiologist


Our Biology majors are prepared to pursue exciting careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Human and Animal Medicine
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Biomedical Research
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Research
  • Healthcare Management


Our Chemistry major will help you prepare for a professional career as a:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Sales
  • Human and Veterinary Medicine
  • Education
  • Alternate Energy
  • Forensics


Our Biochemistry major is intended if you want to work in health care as a:

  • Human and Veterinary Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cosmetics
  • Education

Chemical Physics

Our Chemical Physics major will help you prepare for a professional career as a:

  • Engineering
  • Physics and/or chemistry research
  • Materials Science
  • High school teacher (physics and chemistry)
  • Industry
  • Instrumentation sales or technician

Undergraduate-Focused Faculty

Unlike many larger institutions, we have no graduate students teaching classes or labs or grading papers. So you have the benefit of unfettered access to expert faculty members. Outside of the classroom, science faculty members devote time and energy to mentoring students, and helping them refine research techniques, prepare for tests and successfully apply to graduate school.


Internships enable you to gain experience and learn more about careers that interest you. Our students intern and job shadow at regional healthcare providers including Evangelical Community Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Geisinger's Weis Center for Research.

Health Care Studies Minor

This program can add value to your degree. Fundamental biological and medical principles as well as ethical, social and business issues associated with health care are central to this minor.

As you prepare to continue your health care studies after graduation, you'll be able to take advantage of dedicated, one-on-one prehealth advising.

Our prehealth adviser, Jan Reichard-Brown, is an expert in her field, serving on the board of directors of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) and president of the Northeast Association of the Advisors of the Health Professions (NEAAHP).

She'll help you:

  • Understand the steps to apply to an advanced program in a health profession
  • Meet all the necessary pre-requisites for your desired profession
  • Prepare for standardized tests, such as the MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT and others
  • Put together the most competitive application possible
  • Write and edit personal statements and secondary essays, no matter how many drafts you need
  • Prepare for interviews, from attire to travel arrangements

She also brings representatives of professional programs to campus to meet students and holds two group advising sessions a year.

And advising doesn't end with graduation. We also offer help to alumni who decide to apply to a health care advanced programs after graduation from Susquehanna.

Our students go on to medical school at: 

Thomas Jefferson University
Penn State College of Medicine
Temple University
University of Buffalo
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Commonwealth Medical College
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University
West Virginia University Osteopathic
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Virginia
Ohio State University

Our students go on to dental school at:

Temple University
University of New England

Our students go on to veterinary school at: 

University of California at Davis
University of Pennsylvania
Virginia Tech University
University of Oklahoma
University of Minnesota

Our students go on to study optometry at:

Salus University
Southern College of Optometry
Boston University

Our students go on to study podiatry at: 

Barry University

Our students are accepted to biomedical science graduate programs at:

University of Pittsburgh (interdisciplinary biomedical graduate program)
Duke University (cell and molecular biology)
Vanderbilt University (immunology)
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (microbiology and immunology)
Cornell University (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology)
Dartmouth University (molecular and cellular biology)

Our students find jobs right out of school at:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University
West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp.

Do I have to major in premed or predental or presomething?

You must have an academic major to graduate from Susquehanna, but professional schools do not give preference to any specific major. Follow your interests and explore new areas to discover what you are passionate about and would enjoy doing for a career.

Should I be a science major?

You do not have to major in a science to prepare for a career in the health professions, but many of our prehealth professional students will major in biology or another science. The health care studies minor will require you to take the right set of courses for preparation to enter optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or physician assistant programs.

What does it take to get into professional school?

  • A GPA of usually 3.5 or higher overall, and a GPA of at least a 3.5 in your science and math courses
  • Good scores on the appropriate standardized test, e.g. MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE
  • Experience in the field that demonstrates you know what you are getting into
  • Demonstration of genuinely wanting to serve others

Should I prepare for the standardized tests?

Susquehanna supports a commercial prep course for the MCAT and DAT. The Susquehanna Prep Course Reimbursement Program helps defray the costs by reimbursing a student for half. These test scores are important, because they affect your application and other students from Susquehanna. Some medical and dental schools evaluate the quality of a college based upon the average MCAT score of its students.

What else will I need?

  • A glowing recommendation from the Health Professions Advising Committee at Susquehanna
  • Evidence that you can function well as part of a team
  • Demonstration of leadership and good communication skills
  • Demonstration of a real interest in helping people by having been involved in some type of service

Check out all your options! View the course catalog.

The course catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Course Catalog
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